Daily Prompt: Panicked – who me, no, but everyone else :-) .


This is the view from the window in front of me. Nothing wonderful, a building site. We will be living with it for at least 6 momths.  I like to take photos, so at every opportunity, every new development I am out. There is a small problem, however. For me a small problem because I live with it. I am the lady that walks with a stick, because she might get a ittle giddy now and then and her legs no longer work as they should, something called MS, but that is just a name. If you have it there is not much you can do about it, so no panic, get on with it and live with it: at least that is my opinion.

I have a man, Mr. Swiss who basically lets me get on with my problems. Of course he helps when necessary, but I have not yet given up and still do my own housework, washing, ironing and cooking. He would help, but would only make me nervous hovering around all the time. And so we now have a situation, a buiding site. Mr. Swiss sees a danger in every little brick and stone, every iron bit that lies around, being convinced that I would trip and fall over it.

Ok, I must a admit there is a large possibility that this could happen, but I really take care with every step I take. This morning I decided to see how the work was progressing with the camera. As soon as I left my appartment on the ground floor I was recognised by the builders, greeted with a Guten Tag or Buon giorno, according to the language they spoke. One called from the top layer of the scaffolding and waved, so I took his photo. I returned home with ny photo tropies. Mrs. Swiss was indoors.

“Where were you?”

“Just took a short walk to see what the builders were doing.”

“Without your stick?”

“I didn’t need it, took a few steps along the path and could hold onto the hedge.”

He was not a happy bunny. I could have fallen, not  been able to stand again (which I must admit is a problem when I fall) and of course I was stickless. Without my stick anything could happend. I suppose it could, but basically I manage without it. At home I do not bother so much as I feel safe indoors. Outside it depends: if there is a hedge there is a support. There was also the problem of the dust. It seems my morning excursion to the building site coincided with the pulling down of the facade which is combined with clouds of dust and particles of styrofoam (those little bits of white fluffy stuff used for bulding insulations). Mr.Swiss was worried, with thoughts of infiltration into my lungs and breathing problems. Admittedly the workers wear a mask, but I was not working, just taking a few photos. It is now afternoon, and I am still breathing through my nose (I have a large nose which can be an advantage).

My afternnoon excursion was another cause for worry. Mr. Swiss was already outside, so I followed taking the key with me in my pocket. He was immediately worried as he had no key with him. I managed to calm him down by saying I had one. This time I had my stick with me, so no great panic, until he notices I was climbing the steps for a better view from the top of the path. I then met one of the chief buiders and we had a conversation about a machine I was taking a photo of. He informed me it was a compressor – of course, everyone knows what a compressor looks like.

I returned safely, with stick, and I was sure Mr. Swiss breathed a sign of relief. Now all is quiet on the building site. I will now remain indoors as there is no action to take photos, although I just had to open my window and balance on the grill outside (the only thing left to balance on as the builders have dug a ditch around it) to take a couple of photos of things hanging down over the window.


I found this quite a good photo. I took it with my mobile phone. It was combined with a small risk, as I was not using my stick for support, but managed to balance quite well in front of the window. I did not tell Mr. Swiss, there is no point in causing unneccessary panic. I was quite cool when I took the photo. As you can see the outlines are very clear and no shaking was involved.

Daily Prompt: Panicked – who me, no, but everyone else 🙂

11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Panicked – who me, no, but everyone else :-) .

  1. Oh dear….. I so know what you are talking about. I would be Mr Swiss as well as I AM in some ways YOU…. You get upset being babied too much but the other person is truly concerned about you….. But I do believe, YOU WILL BE ALRIGHT! 🙂

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    • True, but there are some days when I can do it all (well almost) and others when I can be glad to walk to the kitchen after getting out of bed. It really varies. I had such a bad day this week but the last couple of days have been ok. I must say I have picked up a few marks now and again, but luckily nothing too bad. My biggest problem is standing after falling, but I am learning not to fall. I am now careful with every step I take, but there are always the odd bits of carpet (thank goodness we do not have so many) where you trip up.
      I was also quite pleased with that photo, it could almost be a study in b/w but it was just the way it came out.


  2. Wow. I understand Mr. Swiss — but I understand you, too. Caution can feel like a prison… Sometime this month the roof is coming off my garage to be replaced by one that’s more logical. As it is now, it slopes to the north which here is like sloping toward the Arctic. It’s going to be shifted so it slopes toward the south. I think of that as something that will be great when its done, but it’s going to be a pain while it’s happening. But it will not (god willing) be six months. I feel for you but the pictures are great!

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    • Mr. Swiss sees me falling before I even think about it. I suppose I understand, as he is the one that has to pick me up. I have problems because everything goes so slow at the moment. Mr. Swiss telephone rang today and he did not hear it, by the time I managed to get there he had already overtaken me. I just cannot move as fast as I used to and that is frustrating. I never thought about things sloping to various direction. However our flat has two sides, a West side that has permanent sun during the day, and an East side, that only has sun in the morning. That is very practical. If you want to cool down then you can sit out in the garden on the East Side in the afternoon. Often the heat on the West side in unbearable in the Summer and we have to have the sun shades down all day.

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      • I understand the speed thing. I cannot move as fast any more, either, and I’ve actually been bored on a hike because it just kept on going and going and going without change. I never imagined that would happen.


  3. The thought of my husband hovering over me makes me panic. I have had a plate and screws in my neck for a year now. Doctor told me to live my life but be careful. My husband is like Mr Swiss….panics if I walk too fast. I might trip, I can’t turn my head very well, so I might fall. Oh my gosh–I have to walk away. His panics get me just a little crazy. Oh, I do love that last photo! Not a word to Mr Swiss about what you had to go through to take it…..

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    • I also have problems turning my head all part of the getting older plan, but they all want me to continue driving a car. Luckily I have side mirrors. I have 15,screws and a metal plate in the top half of my left arm and they will never be removed. Can’t really understand the fuss. I am the bionic woman.

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